The most popular birthday in the UK is September 26th, so the chances are you know someone celebrating this month. That’s why we’re sharing memorable birthday ideas. With the annual Macmillan coffee mornings taking place, we explore the Swedish tradition of Fika, taking a break and relaxing over a drink or snack with others. Finally, with many of us returning to more normal routines, we suggest steps to take to reduce separation anxiety when leaving your pampered pooches at home.

Home Alone – Pet Parent Tips

Now the world is opening up again, could you spot the signs of separation anxiety in your pets? Changes in behaviour are common indicators. Coping mechanisms can include excessive barking, destruction near doors and windows, accidents, pacing and decreased appetite. To see how they behave when alone set up an indoor camera.

Unpredictability stresses dogs but routines help them cope. If you know change is coming, slowly introduce your pet to the idea of alone time. Take short trips without your dog and leave out Poundland treats and toys.

Before leaving home, set up a cosy, inviting space where they can’t destroy items or try to escape. Prior to leaving, engage your pet with a walk, or do some trick training, they might even sleep while you’re out!

Wake Up & Smell The Coffee

coffee and mince pie

It’s the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan Cancer Support on 24th September. Hosting a fun coffee morning and support a great cause. Pick up coffee supplies from Tesco, herbal teas from Grape Tree and baked treats from Greggs and Pound Bakery.

Fika is the Swedish custom of enjoying a coffee and cake with others. Some companies have a Fika clause in their contracts, because it’s therapeutic, promotes wellbeing and productivity. The properties and positive effects of caffeine on the body and mind include:

  • Physical wellbeing – Sitting for hours on computers isn’t healthy so if you’re homeworking break for coffee.
  • Relieves irritability – Taking a break from your desk relieves stress and tension.
  • Colleague collaboration – Take workplace coffee breaks to discuss work worries in a relaxed manner.

Coffee catch-ups are sociable – Fika with friends at Peacocks cafe or Massarella’s. No washing-up afterwards!

Party Like It’s Your Birthday

birthday decorations

After the cards hit the recycling, our tips will ensure the birthday person has memories to cherish.

Texting is nice but it just doesn’t hold birthday candle to something special. We love this September birthday rainbow card from Card Factory. You can customise it online and get free first class delivery. While there pick up lettered or numbered helium balloons for that special touch and Card Factory inflate them for free (phew)!

Whether you’re planning a surprise, or your own celebrations, accessories from Poundland makes things easy!

Real ales and dinner at The Crown & Cushion might be a good option for the man in your life. Stuck for the perfect gift? Treat him to trainers or a sports shirt from Sports Direct. For the special lady in your life, Warren James is a gem! For your BFF gift, get creative making your own hamper. Simply fill a gift box with pamper products from Boots and Bodycare. We’ve all forgotten about a birthday, fear not WHSmith is a great one-stop shop.

What’s more fun than opening presents? Finding them! For a birthday scavenger just hide gifts and clues throughout the home. Don’t forget the cake from Tesco’s!

That’s All, Folks!

We hope we have given you some style ideas for September, and we look forward to seeing you soon. The safety and comfort of our customers remains important. We would like to remind our customers that the use of face coverings is still recommended, to protect yourself and others throughout the centre. #ShoppingSafe

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